Tree frogs (Hayla)Published on June 14, 2018 - Last modified: November 25, 2019
The Tree frogs (Hayla) is a genus of amphibians anurans containing about 35 species, belonging to the Hylidae family. The word Hayla It comes from a tree, as these species of frogs spend their lives in trees. They are found living in the forests and jungles of the warmest regions of the world.
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According to the ASW, the following species of Hyla frogs are recognized.
- Barren Pine Tree Frog (Hyla andersonii)
- rang annectans
- San Antonio Frog (Hyla arborea)
- Hyla arboricola
- Rock Frog (Hyla arenicolor)
- Hyla avivoca
- Hyla bocourti
- Hyla chinensis
- Hyla chrysoscelis
- North American Green Frog (Hyla cinerea)
- Southern High Mountain Frog (Hyla euphorbiacea)
- Hyla eximia
- Hyla felixarabica
- Hyla femoralis
- rang graliosa
- Hyla hallowellii
- Hyla heinzsteinitzi
- Hyla immaculata
- Italian frog (Hyla intermedia)
- Japanese tree frog (Hyla japonica)
- Southern frog (Hyla meridionalis)
- San Antón's Frog (Hyla molleri)
- Hyla orientalis
- Hyla plicata
- Hyla sanchiangensis
- Ranita sarda (Hyla sarda)
- Hyla savignyi
- Hyla simplex
- Hyla squirella
- Hyla suweonensis
- Hyla tsinlingensis
- Gray tree frog (Hyla versicolor)
- Hyla walkeri
- Hyla wrightorum
- Hyla zhaopingensis
Tree frogs are Vertebrate animals. The size varies from 1 cm to more than 10 cm in length, as there are several species within the genus.
They are known for the disk shape of their fingers. Its hind legs have rounded toes that give it more suction, and therefore more grip to move through the trees.
Not surprisingly, tree frogs are, in fact, arboreal, which means they live in trees. Special adaptations like long leg and toe pads help them climb and jump. Non-tree tree frogs find habitats in lakes and ponds or among moist vegetation cover.
Tree frogs are found on every continent except Antarctica, but they are most diverse in the tropics of the Western Hemisphere. About 30 species live in the United States, and more than 600 can be found in South and Central America.
Like all frogs and toads, they are carnivorous animals that feed on insects, worms and Spiders. The largest tree frogs feed on anything that fits in their mouth, such as snakes, lizards, small mammals and even other frogs.
Living in trees, tree frogs have birds, reptiles, and mammals as predators. In some areas fish can also be predators.
Is a oviparous animal. At the time of mating, tree frogs emit loud squawks to attract their mate. The female lays her eggs on a leaf above the water, which after a few days, turn into tadpoles when they fall into the water. As in almost all frogs, the metamorphosis process can last from a few weeks to several months.
State of conservation
These amphibians are declining around the world and are collectively one of the groups most at risk of extinction. They breathe through the skin, which makes them especially sensitive to environmental changes. Threats to tree frogs include habitat destruction, pollution, climate change, and diseases like chidiomycosis.